Earlier this fall CARE Canada Ambassador Annie Murphy traveled to Jordan with her mother. They met many girls and women whose stories of survival were both unimaginable and inspiring. See the story of their travels in photos.
Annie and her mother traveled from Toronto to CARE’s offices in Jordan.
At the CARE centre in Hashmi, children use art as a means of therapy and expression. Many of these children have escaped conflict in Syria and have endured great change in recent years. These sessions provide an important means of healing.
Annie visited a sewing business owned by five women in Amman. CARE staff member Hazar (centre) explained how CARE helped the women get started, and how the women brought people together in their community to help each other. Mufeeda, at right, a single mother who joined the co-op to earn money and support her four children, told Annie: “I want to tell every woman in the world that if you’re broken, you can get stronger.”
At Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, Annie and her mother met a Syrian family who, despite all of their hardships, have pushed on to build a life together. In this photo, 17-year-old Asma talks about how she became the first girl in Azraq to ride a bike, and how equal access to riding a bike changed her life.
The people Annie met in Jordan were anxious for her to remember them. Annie and her mother didn’t just travel home with art, they took with them new friendships and feelings of hope.